Grace and peace be unto you.
Do you have a realistic view of your competencies? Do you make decisions based on past successes? We are often encouraged to depend on God for strength when we engage in activities (Philippians 4:13). While this is excellent advice, God is asking us to use wisdom in our daily duties (Ephesians 5:15-17). In the event that we forget, he remains faithful and will defend us.
The story is told that David and his men went to war against the Philistines. However, David became exhausted and Ishbi-Benob, one of the Philistines said he was going kill him. It so happened that Abishai, son of Zeruiah heard Ishbi-Benob’s comment and killed him. David’s men were shocked yet relieved. They told him that he would not go to battle with them again (2 Samuel 21:15-17).
David’s spirit was willing but his flesh was weak. He had many victories over the years and was convinced that he was still a force with which to reckon. Nevertheless, he was advanced in years. As such, he was not mentally or physically strong enough to manage combat. God understood his situation and motivated Abishai to rescue him. Similar to David, sometimes we are overconfident and put ourselves in danger. Fortunately, God sees the error of our ways and rescue us. Scripture says, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Although God rescues us, we still face the consequences of our actions. These are usually unpleasant even if they are psychological. I can imagine David’s response when he realized that he was almost killed by a Philistine because he lacked the energy to fight. God is not pleased when we make unwise decisions. Even so, his great love inspires him to protect us, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” (Jeremiah 31:3).
Heavenly Father, thanks for your love and protection. In Jesus’ name, amen.